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Tiradentes Brazil
21-21 April
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Tiradentes Day in Brazil commemorates the execution of Brazilian national hero Joaquim Jose da Silva Xavier - a co-conspirator in the 1789 revolt against the Portuguese.

A man of various talents, including merchant, doctor and dentist, or tooth puller, Tiradentes was disastified with Portuguese rule in Brazil. No doubt influenced by the American War of Independence, Tiradentes led the first organized movememt against the Portuguese. In 1938, Tiradentes  was recognized for its historical importance, Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional and is today a tourist destination. The anniversary of his death (April 21st) became a national holiday, after the republic was proclaimed in 1889.

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